The heart health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids are well documented, and research shows that a diet rich in Omega-3 EPA and DHA supports heart health and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Now, a new study builds upon that research with a look at the benefits of Omega-3 supplementation for cardiac surgery patients.
In patients undergoing surgery because of a heart attack or heart failure, those who took an Omega-3 supplement prior to surgery reduced their post-surgical hospital stays by up to 2.4 days compared with patients who received only a placebo. The Omega-3 patients were also less likely to experience arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or death following surgery.
Study authors point to the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fats as a likely reason for the reduced hospital stays, as well as their positive effects on the body’s immune system. Findings from the study, published last month in the journal Clinical Nutrition, offer hope that shorter hospital stays for cardiac patients may also result in reduced healthcare costs overall.